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Dangote Cement committed to development, social support for host communities in Okpella –Management

L-R: High Chief Daniel O. Obalo; Engr. Mohammed Ismaeel, Dangote Cement Plc, Okpella Plant Director; Chief Moshood Aliu; Chief Peter Afiabor; Chief Eshiofune Okpetu and Chief Paul Ilabeshi, All Host Communities Leaders At The Official Signing And Presentation of the Community Development Agreement at Okpelle Plant, in Edo State Photo: DIL

*The Management of Dangote Cement Okpella Plant signs epochal Community Development Agreement with its host communities, describing the move as a demonstration of regulatory compliance, and the company’s commitment to the development and overall wellbeing of its host communities

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Management of Dangote Cement, Okpella, in Edo State of Nigeria, say they signed a development and social support agreement with its Okpella host communities in the state.

The company disclosed the agreement is a demonstration of its commitment to the development and overall well-being of host communities and their people, as a responsible corporate entity in the country.

Dangote Group, in a statement, noted the signing of the Community Development Agreement (CDA) came just as the Federal Government and Edo State commended the company for its proactiveness in planning for the growth of its host communities as a sure means of promoting peaceful co-habitation.

The Okpella Plant Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Mohammed Ismaeel, at the CDA signing ceremony, said the cement company had fully complied with the provisions of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2007 and that of the Minerals and Mining Regulation 2011 of the federal republic of Nigeria.

Signing the agreement on behalf of the company at Okpella, Ismaeel asserted that the ceremony was very significant as it aimed at promoting harmonious and mutual benefits between the cement company and its host communities.

“Today’s occasion is not only a demonstration of our compliance to these regulatory provisions as a responsible corporate organisation, but it also a demonstration of our commitment to the development and overall wellbeing of our host communities.

“For us as a company, we believe in the mantra, good neighbourliness is good business, hence we are doing everything possible to maintain harmonious relationship with all the communities where we operate,” he said.

The top official of Dangote Cement Okpella also explained the occasion marked the beginning of concrete infrastructural development and social supports in the areas of education, improved access to health care, economic empowerment programmes targeted at the youths, women and the farming population, improved access to potable water, support to improve electrification and power supply among other things.

The Plant Director further noted the CDA provides for scholarship grants for students in secondary and tertiary institutions to promote excellence in educational pursuits of indigent students from Dangote Cement, Okpella host communities.

According to him, the CDA document clearly states the consultative framework for engagements, grievance management and obligations of both the Plant and the host communities for mutual growth and development stressing that, it is clearly a path to define relationships, commitments, obligations and expectations with potential to address immediate concerns and future social issues that may arise in the course of the relationship between the company and its host communities.

The company said Ismaeel later requested the host communities to keep their end of the bargain by supporting and collaborating with the company so as to foster all round development. “Be assured that we are always ready to listen, dialogue and resolve all concerns,” he noted.

Speaking on the occasion, Hon. Donatus Ojiefoh, Edo State Commissioner for Mines and Energy, who represented Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, praised the company’s management for taking the path of peace with its host communities pledging by so doing, that the state governor will always support any investors who wants to invest in the state.

Hon. Ojiefoh assured the people of the communities that more investors are willing to come and invest in the state but that the people most be willing to cooperate and provide the enabling environment for them to operate.

The Commissioner admitted that it is imperative for students to study the mineral resources that are abound in their communities in order to be able to appreciate them.

In her own remarks, the host Etsako East Local Government Chairman, Mrs. Benedicta Atu, commended the company for signing the agreement despite the odds and the delay occasioned by some factors saying it was good that the signing took place at the time.

She urged the companies operating within the local government to urgently help with the payment of the monumentisation of the boundary between Okpella and Kogi State.

Speaking for the host communities, High Chief Afiabor Peter, Secretary, Ukhomunyio Council of Village Heads, Afokpella thanked the Dangote’s Cement for the signing of the CDA, saying that it was a welcome development as it will benefit all the parties involved.

He expressed confidence that all that are contained in the agreement were thorough reflections of the wish and aspirations of the host communities and promised that the host communities would be up and doing to fulfil their own side of the bargain.

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